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  • Six Stories and an Essay

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Andrea Levy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice, and her trademark lightness of touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compellingly written stories

  • By jesjaspers on 05-01-19

Compellingly written stories

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Great narration by the author. Each story has an introduction by Levy as to its origins.

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  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Maurice Turner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Ebenezer Scrooge is a heartless old miser who doesn't enjoy Christmas and doesn't think anyone else should, either. But, one Christmas Eve, some ghostly visitors take Scrooge on a journey that changes his mind for ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by recording

  • By jesjaspers on 27-12-18

Let down by recording

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-18

It suddenly goes loud occassionally. And wobbles at one point in chapter 3 which is a shame for a great story and nice narrator's voice

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, OAPs are getting hoodwinked, children are missing. But word has spread: if you've got a case the police can't or won't touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford. But now he needs a client who can pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original and compulsive

  • By Paul D on 16-03-18

Modern take on Holmes meme

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Transpose to modern day gangland LA this is a novel fast funny take on the Sherlick Holmes meme A rivetting read with great narration. Loved it so much I bought Book 2 and ordered Book 3 in the series immediately I finished this one.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

  • By: Erich Maria Remarque
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 336

The story is told by a young 'unknown soldier' in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see all the realities of war; under fire, on patrol, waiting in the trenches, at home on leave, and in hospitals and dressing stations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful antiwar novel.

  • By Sigrin on 11-10-14

A must read

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

A must read especially in this year 2018 the 100yr anniversary of WW1 which signaled a change in warfare. Written from the point of view of a German boy one could change the names and it would read the same with French names, British and with names from other wars.

  • Salvage the Bones

  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A hurricane is building, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. He's a hard drinker, and it isn't often he worries about the family. As the 12 days that make up the novel's framework yield to a dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family - a clan of motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce - pulls itself up to face another day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tremendous

  • By jesjaspers on 24-09-18

Tremendous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Could not put it down. Totally riveting account of a family survival through hurricane Katrina.

  • Ninefox Gambit

  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A difficult novel

  • By midian on 29-07-17

American women narrators

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

what is it about American women narrators? Their voices are too high, their tone too sharp, their intonation appauling. After suffering it for 8 chsptets of and on I have gone fully over to reading the Kindle version instead

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  • South of the Border, West of the Sun

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Eric Loren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Hajime tells the story of his relationship with Shimamoto, an unconventional girl, from their first meetings as children through to life as students. They drift apart, but come together years later when Hajime is married and a father of two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful tale of love and yearning

  • By Andrea Edan on 16-11-16

beautiful story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Unusually very realistic for Murakami. Beautiful first chapter about childhood friendship turns into beautiful story line of adult mid life crisis. Full of unanswered questions but a very satisfying read

  • Going After Cacciato

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, Going After Cacciato, a classic novel of Vietnam, captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked that strangest of wars. In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • war story?

  • By jesjaspers on 18-01-18

war story?

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-18

or a story about how we tell stories to make sense of chaos co fusion trauma and survival A tour de force of writing. A challenging read to immerse yourself in and go with its flow.

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: John Gielgud, Edith Evans
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The Importance of Being Earnest is undoubtably Oscar Wilde's best known play probably due to its sharp wit that cannot help but enchant and entertain any reader, theatregoer or listener with this performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and highly recomnrnded.

  • By Mary Wehner on 20-12-15

Always a favourite

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Old recording but one with top notch actors and of course what is probably the best last line ever

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347

Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant classic, superbly read by Simon Callow

  • By Anthony on 15-06-14

Masterful narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Masterful narration by Simon Cowell of the brilliant allegory that is George Orwell's Animal Farm. Excellent re-read of a classic